My Two Cents on Chick-fil-A
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3d ago
In one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in recent memory, my hometown now has its very own Chick-fil-A restaurant. While my son and I have been looking forward to seeing if the hype about this place and its chicken products is worth it, my wife doesn't share our enthusiasm. After learning the company donated to anti-LGBTQ groups and what the company CEO said about same-sex marriage, my wife decided Chick-fil-A would never get any of her money. Many other people share this sentiment, and it will be interesting to see if this boycott will affect sales here. In Chick-fil-A's defense ..read more
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Happy Birthday Harley - The Perfect Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich
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2w ago
Photo: Credit: Warner Bros. Margot Robbie gets a lot of deserved praise for her portrayal of Barbie in last year's blockbuster movie. But for me, she will always be Harley Quinn, the former psychologist turned Batman villain from the movie "Suicide Squad". Robbie was that film's highlight and breakout star, earning her a spinoff, "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)". At one point in this film, Robbie's character hopes to lift her spirits by getting her favorite breakfast sandwich from her local bodega. While you may not find yourself on a wi ..read more
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Buffet Etiquette
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3w ago
 After being shut down during the pandemic, buffets are making a comeback in a big way. To celebrate its 45th anniversary, Mandarin is offering people a free meal at any of its restaurants in Ontario on Canada Day. With so much to choose from, it can be overwhelming when it's time to put food on your plate. The following tips will help you make the most out of your buffet experience. This should be obvious, but the less food in your belly, the more food you can eat. Having only one plate at a buffet is a colossal waste of time and money.  When you arrive will impact the amount of ti ..read more
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Year-Round Refreshing Drinks
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1M ago
Keeping hydrated is important for maintaining overall health. As the need to drink more fluids increases as it gets warmer, quench your thirst with these refreshing beverages. Ingredients - Pineapple lemonade This take on a summertime favourite will make you want to set up a stand at the end of your driveway and sell it for pennies a glass like you did back in the day. 1.2 L sparkling water  250 mL water 950 mL pineapple juice  120 mL lemon juice 250 g granulated sugar 710 g ice cubes In a saucepan, mix together the s ..read more
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The Need To Know Classic That Is: Shepherd's Pie
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2M ago
Let's get this out of the way now - a true shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb; when ground beef is used, it's called a cottage pie. Over time, ground beef became the filling of choice, and lamb was used less frequently. This is why the two names are used interchangeably.  Originating from the British Isles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, shepherd’s pie was a way for people to save and make their money, and leftover food last longer. Early versions of the dish used a pastry shell at the bottom and top to hold everything together; over time, potato slices were use ..read more
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24 Hour Perogies
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3M ago
In a place known as the City That Fun Forgot, it's no surprise that there's not much happening in Ottawa late at night. The House of TARG decided to change that by celebrating its tenth anniversary with a 24-hour event. Located on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South, the House of TARG is the venue for old-school arcade games, pinball, and live music shows. But for some, the main draw is the perogies that they regularly serve. With plans to satisfy my hunger and cure my insomnia, I made my way over at around 3 in the morning. I arrived in the middle of the Graveyard Shift, which explains why ..read more
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Working My Way Through The Works: Son of a Beech
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4M ago
A popular gimmick for food blogs is to eat and review every item on a restaurant's menu. This blog is no exception. These are the observations I've had while eating my way through the burger menu of The Works, a Canadian burger restaurant with locations across Ottawa and Ontario. The WORKS (900 Watters Road) Burger Description: "Avocado, Beechhouse sauce, sundried tomato & feta cheese." March 25, 2024 I'm overdue for writing about these burgers. So much so that I can't help but notice a lot has changed around the site of my favourite Works location. I see some businesses have come an ..read more
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Random Thoughts About The I Heart Beer + Taco Festival Tour
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4M ago
The second edition of the two-day  I❤︎ Beer & Taco Festival rolled into Ottawa last weekend. I went to the second of three sessions, the first on Friday, and the last starting later that afternoon. These were my impressions. Entering the Cattle Castle (I'll never get used to calling it the Aberdeen Pavilion, no matter how many years have passed since the last SuperEx), I was handed a plastic cup for beer sampling. Already this is more than what the Food & Wine Festival gave people. I wanted to bring my son to this but after buying the tickets I learned it's a ..read more
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The Need To Know Classic That Is: Red Beans and Rice
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5M ago
Nowadays soul food is used to describe any well-loved homemade comfort food. Traditionally, soul food is food rooted in African American culture in the southern United States during the time of slavery. Slaves were given food that was low in quality and nutritional value, foods that their masters didn't want to eat for themselves. Using the techniques they learned before being snatched from their homelands, enslaved Africans adapted their traditional recipes with the resources available. These methods became the basis of the soul food dishes we know and love today. There's a lot to like about ..read more
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A Meal Fit For Rabbie Burns
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6M ago
On or around January 25 poetry lovers and people of Scottish descent get together to celebrate the life of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. This celebration includes a Burns supper, a meal of traditional Scottish cuisine, some Scotch whisky, and lots of readings of his works. Naturally, haggis will be a part of this meal, but there's more to Scottish cooking than offal meat and oatmeal cooked in an animal's stomach. Cullen skink is a fish chowder named after the town of Cullen on the coast in northeast Scotland. Try the recipe below if you're looking for a starter for your Burns dinner ..read more
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